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In this issue….

* BETHANY CHURNING OUT MORE PROFILES!
* A DATE WITH DESTINY FOR THE SINDHIS
* YOUR STAFF OF 18 TRAVEL AGENTS AWAIT YOUR BIDDING!
* CHILDREN AT RISK….
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON DETERMINATION
* SO, . . . SUPPOSE SOMEONE WANTED TO FIND A MISSIONARY IN BURUNDI…
* WINDS OF REVIVAL ARE BLOWING IN THE AMERICAS!
* SEEN VOX?
* ANOTHER IMPONDERABLE…
* SO IN CASE YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS… IRINA VIRUS… OR GOOD TIMES….
* UNLOCK THE MYSTERIES OF CENTRAL ASIA!
* ANOTHER OPTION FOR C-SERVERS
* WHAT MUST LEADERS DO?
* FINISHED YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING? I DON’T THINK SO….
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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BETHANY CHURNING OUT MORE PROFILES!
Have you checked out http://www.bethany-wpc.org lately? Bethany is churning away at more of those Joshua Project 2000 Prayer Profiles! In addition, they can now make printed copies available. “Some 100 profiles have been completed to date,” they wrote this past week. “Individual people group profiles will be distributed in packs of 5 each. Each packet will be available for a cost of $1.00. (A minimum order of $5.00 is required. A catalogue is available.) The catalogue will then be updated each month to include additional profiles.” For more information and a catalogue of the profiles, contact the Bethany World Prayer Center at 13855 Plank Rd., Baker, La. 70739, Tel (504)774-2002, Fax (504)774-2001, Email upg@bethany-wpc.org.

Thanks Rick, Gabriela, and everyone at Bethany for the labor of love you’re pouring into this research! We need it.. and we need you… so keep it up please!!! Now to the rest of us… (as the To the Ends of the Earth video (long version) suggests) we need to turn their information into prayer and turn prayer into discipleship and turn discipleship into church planting!

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A DATE WITH DESTINY FOR THE SINDHIS
Want to know how you might be able to set up a prayer calendar for the people group you’re hoping to lift up in prayer? Get a sample from Paul E. Pegors 73773.530@CompuServe.COM, retired missionary to the Sindhis of Pakistan and now a People Specific Advocate for the Sindhis, who has developed a 1997 prayer calendar for the Sindhis. The Sindhis of Pakistan are a least evangelized people of 14,000,000. He writes, “The Calendars use some excellent line drawings done by Mark Naylor of Shikarpur; it is B & W, on a heavy quality white stock 8.5 x 11 inches on seven pages with a cardboard backing, punched at the top. We are asking $1.00 per calendar cost to cover printing and postage; however on orders of 10 or more the price will be $0.90 each. Please consider this an opportunity to encourage prayer for Sindhis Worldwide.” You can gain ideas and . . . who knows. . . maybe even lift up the Sindhis while you study his format! :-) Write Paul directly for more information.

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YOUR STAFF OF 18 TRAVEL AGENTS AWAIT YOUR BIDDING!
Don’t forget about brigada-travel-bids! I’ve used it twice successfully just in the past week. You don’t even have to join. (MAFxc has adjusted this conference so that non-members’ messages don’t bounce! Only travel agents have to subscribe. The rest of us just reap the benefits!) Just send a note to brigada-travel-bids@xc.org with your “request for quote” enclosed. Don’t forget to include date(s) of travel and any preferred arrival times, airlines, or other stipulations. In both my instances, I had competing quotes back within 2 hours . . . some by email, some by fax, and a couple by telephone. Hey — within 3 quotes you see the market price… so then you just pick out the best value/itinerary and book it! Nice people. 18 travel agents ready for action and quick response. And by the way, if you’re a travel agent and you’d like a piece of the bidding action, just send a note to hub@xc.org with only this line in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-travel-bids

Thanks to Mark Fremer Mark.Fremer@ClearVista.com for moderating. . . on behalf of all of us!

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CHILDREN AT RISK….
As a follow-up to the recent request for info. on “street kids”, here’s hope for children of the world… The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and The Viva Network – along with more than a dozen agencies working with children worldwide – are sponsoring an International Consultation on Children At Risk. Hopeful outcomes include looking at case studies, networking, and sharing resources to make a difference. It’s all set for January 6-10th, 1997 in Oxford, England. For a registration form or information about costs and other specifics, write ocms@xc.org or help@viva.org. Sounds like a fine program.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON DETERMINATION
On 12th October 1996, the Indian evangelist Sadhu Chellappa held a crusade in the previously unreached town of Kandarvakkottai, Tamil Nadu. Despite threats from the fanatic Hindu RSS party, the event was scheduled to start at 6:30pm. 1,000 of the town’s 6,000 inhabitants came to listen, but the RSS was not so easily put off: they cut off the town’s electricity supply. However the Christians had a diesel generator to power the lights and 32 loudspeakers. For the duration of the event there were no other sources of noise and the preacher’s voice could be heard clearly throughout the town. According to Chellappa, hundreds accepted the gospel that evening. The newly-planted church is now attended by over 150 people.
(Source: Sadhu Chellappa, fax (91) 44-4917522 via DAWN FridayFax, 42.96, © DAWN Europe, http://www.tecc.co.uk/jesusa/dawn )
Global Glimpse is assembled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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SO, . . . SUPPOSE SOMEONE WANTED TO FIND A MISSIONARY IN BURUNDI…
How would they do it? Right now, there’s really no way. Unless… you just happen to know of someone who is a missionary in Burundi… or knows someone who is a missionary in Burundi, . . . and in that case, Lee Jantzen, of the Baptist General Conference LJBGC@aol.com would like to hear from you. He’s trying to dig up someone to help a specific missionary veteran in the capitol who apparently needs to receive some medicine fast. Hey… I’m a sucker for missionary types! :-) So write Lee directly if you can think of a way to help!

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WINDS OF REVIVAL ARE BLOWING IN THE AMERICAS!
Want to find out more??? Then it sounds like you want to attend the AD2000 & Beyond meeting in Panama City, Panama December 27-30, ’96, “Conference on Evangelization and Missions — LATINOAMERICA 2000.” What’s it all about? Who are they inviting??? “The winds of revival are blowing in the Americas, conference organizers told us this past week. “Everywhere the forces of God’s Kingdom advance, unstoppable. The living forces of the Church have been invited to meet in Panama: Denominational leaders, pastors, youth leaders, women’s and children’s leaders, professionals, executives, businessmen, politicians, athletes, artists,….” Surely you fit in there somewhere??? So if Latin America is on your heart, then Panama City better be on your passport! Write rolandoj@ccci.org for a registration form today!

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SEEN VOX?
If not, and if you’re interested in Generation X, you probably need to. Get a copy of Caleb Project’s new Vox magazine by contacting Michael Schwartz at Caleb Project, 303-730-4170, Fax: 303-730-4177, vox@cproject.com. He’s also accepting ads for the next edition, in case you’d like your information to be read by a large percentage of globally minded Generation X-ers.

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ANOTHER IMPONDERABLE…
Out of the Czech Republic comes…. [drum roll sound effects ON] another imponderable! The Bischoff’s in Blansko write, “If buttered bread always falls buttered side down and cats always land on their feet, what would happen if you tied a piece of buttered bread to the back of a cat and they both went out the window?” Folks, just remember you heard it first right here in Brigada Today.

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SO IN CASE YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS… IRINA VIRUS… OR GOOD TIMES….
(So where have you been? Hasn’t everyone on the planet gotten a warning about “Good Times?” :-)) Please pretend you didn’t! How many of us have gotten two million of these warnings by well-intentioned friends (all of whom to which we owe a huge debt of gratitude for their concern for us!) who are miserably uninformed about the fact that it’s a big hoax and the only virus is the Internet bandwidth they’re wasting by continuing to send out additional warnings! The Irina thing is a new form of the hoax, as verified by MAF’s resident tech, Jonathan Marsden, this past week. If you want to know more, use Jonathan’s virus info page http://www.xc.org/jonathan to find the search form. Type in the word ‘irina’ (or whatever other virus you’d like to find), and press the Search button. A couple of links later will reveal the following info from the DataFellows virus database: “NAME: Irina – There is no virus by this name. This was a virus hoax in September 1996 started by Penguin Books. Ignore it. See also Good Times for more info.” Additionally, Jonathan wrote this past week, “The VGREP online virus name database returns no info, as there is no such virus!” So… go ahead and relax… for now. :-)

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UNLOCK THE MYSTERIES OF CENTRAL ASIA!
This past Saturday, I met with a buddy in Louisville to pray and plan for Central Asia. We think we’ve found the place for us to get “up to speed” about what our next steps should be. It’s the Central Asia Study Center, dedicated to equipping laborers for the harvest in Central Asia. They’ve got a program coming up from June 2nd to August 1st, 1997 — and I’m convinced that my buddy or I have to get there for at least part of it. CASC is a place for those who want hands-on preparation and exposure to the religion and culture of Central Asia. CASC is located in a Muslim environment with Central Asian Muslim people groups – placed close to the action. For more information and course descriptions contact Dr. Robert Douglas tel. (217) 732-3169; Fax (217) 732-1821 or rcdouglas@prairienet.org. I’m emailing him tonight.

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ANOTHER OPTION FOR C-SERVERS
Last week we mentioned Compuserve’s new 3.0.1 software – and complained ever-so-slightly about its “disk-hogging” footprint on our hard-drives. Well later in the week, Yohan Rocklin 75121.16@CompuServe.COM reminded us of WinCim 2.5, also available from Compuserve. Yohan testified, “The online time was reduced by almost 50%, resulting in substantial savings, as I have to pay for long distance charges to reach a node. For example my online time for sending 5 messages and receiving 8 is under one minute! If there is no mail waiting the online time is 4 seconds! Try that with any other program or provider.” Yikes Yohan. You might be onto something! I’ve ordered my free copy of 2.5! You’ve convinced me! :-) Yohan also urged those who live in “sensitive” areas to use something proprietary like Compuserve and dial outside the country for access. According to Yohan, this would seriously reduce the possibility of messages being read by eyes peering “over one’s shoulders”.

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WHAT MUST LEADERS DO?
David Mays, an ACMC regional rep., 102100.2020@CompuServe.COM, wrote this past week to quote the November 11 NetFax from Leadership Network which listed 10 observations for leaders (obtained from Lay Communique by the Alban Institute). David commented, “Of the ten, I think #10 is the most significant. … Leaders must manage their stress, set priorities, control their calendar, live a blanched life, have time to reflect on the big picture, build a support system including mentors and teachers, engage in continuous learning, pay attention to their spiritual journey.” Now… the question is, . . . are we willing to pay the piper and start doing it?! :-)

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FINISHED YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING? I DON’T THINK SO….
Because we’ve got one more request for your “wish list”! :-) This past week, I talked with John Hanna at Caleb Project and, . . . well, . . . their creative juices are at it again. Their prayer committee is asking those of us in the Brigada network to do them a big favor…. Well… it’s not exactly for them. It’s for the least reached. You see, their Prayer Committee is proposing that we make December “Pray for an advocate” month. John wrote, “What better gift to give an unreached people group than an advocate!?” Good point. So, here’s the deal. There are about 4000 of us, right? And maybe 600 or so of us actually read the Brigada Today, right? :-) So how ’bout choosing a people group that you want to see an advocate for and then pray each day in December that God would raise up someone to fill this role. If you have no idea which group to pray for, please choose one of the priority one groups from Joshua Project list. If you need a copy of the list of priority one groups, here’s a quick and dirty way to bring it on home right into your email “inbox”. Send email to hub@xc.org [Gomer Pile accent ON] (Surprise, surprise, surprise!) [Gomer Pile accent OFF] with only the following line of text in the message:
get brigada priorityone

There must be 130 or so priority one groups (groups defined by having the largest populations of the JP2000 list of 1739 least reached peoples, with the least amount of “work among” activity reported and the least amount of evangelical Christians known), so this will only be a 2-3 page document, . . . but what a difference some prayer could make in their Christmas this season! :-)

You can let John Hanna jhanna@cproject.com at Caleb Project know which group you are praying for and he can let you know how God answers your prayers. What’s more, John’s just agreed to a key position to help set up a special consultation for people specific advocates for the AD2000 & Beyond Movement in April. If we pray now, maybe the new advocates that your prayers raise up can still make it to the meeting!

So, when you lead in prayer in December – or while you’re out there in the snow doing those Christmas carols… or if you’re in some remote jungle in PNG or East Africa and you don’t have snow but you have the Christmas spirit . . . , don’t forget to mention the need for a people group advocate for your chosen group! Thanks!

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